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October 20, 2018

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Conservatism's Third and Final Battle
William A. Rusher - 04/18/11

“This entire jaunt would have been unthinkable but for you.”

So said William F. Buckley Jr. to National Review’s longtime publisher, William Rusher. But Rusher, who passed away on Saturday at the age of eighty-seven, was more than just a crucial figure in the history of the Right’s leading magazine. He was a conservative wise man whose many contributions to the conservative ascendancy are underappreciated. M. Stanton Evans has called Rusher “probably the most underrated major conservative leader.”

In the wake of his passing, take the time read Rusher's “Conservatism’s Third and Final Battle,” which appeared in the Fall 1998 Intercollegiate Review. Click here.

ISI Books will honor Rusher’s estimable life and career with the forthcoming biography If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement. To write the book, author David Frisk conducted dozens of interviews and pored over Rusher’s correspondence and public writings. He vividly captures both the joys and the struggles at National Review, including Rusher’s close but complex relationship with the legendary Buckley.

Requiescat in pace.

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